E-Learning, Innovation, and Teaching Excellence (ELITE)

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Welcome to the ELITE website! ELITE team is committed to providing excellence and leadership to the diverse MC community in the areas of instructional professional development, learning technology support and college-wide academic initiatives. We hold ourselves accountable to seek and provide practical, innovative solutions to enhance the learning experience of faculty, staff and students.

You can now access workshop material through The Hub, which serves as an online repository of teaching tips and strategies created by Montgomery College faculty and to provide a virtual space for faculty to discuss innovative teaching ideas.

The Hub: A Virtual Space for Teaching Resources Developed by MC Faculty

To learn more about ELITE, select one of the options below.
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Professional Development
Learn about our workshops, classes, and programs. ELITE offers several learning pathway certificate programs every year.
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Take a look at our calendar to see what workshops and classes ELITE is offering for all employees.
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Online Teaching Trainings
Looking to teach online? Find out how to get started with Blackboard, the Learning Management System that the College uses for online classes.

Featured Upcoming Workshops and Classes

Friday, April 5, 2019
12:30 – 1:30 pm
TPSS, RC 211
Facilitator: Qing Yu (Alison)

When we talk about Open Educational Resources (OER), we are more likely to communicate the basics what OER are, how to find OER, and the benefit to students in terms of reducing the cost and increasing access to educational materials.

As educators, have you ever wondered if there is something more to be had from OER? What possibilities does open content offer for teaching and learning? How might students benefit from open resources beyond reduced costs and increased access?

In this discussion, we will focus on the concept of Open Pedagogy and explore the opportunities and possibilities open offers for teaching and learning. Beginning with David Wiley’s, an open pedagogy advocate, description of open pedagogy (David Wiley’s Article on Open Content), we will share resources and discuss ideas for teaching and learning with open pedagogy strategies.

Participants will be able to:

-Describe the concept and origins of open pedagogy
-Identify open learning activities
-Explain the potential benefits of open pedagogy to advance student success

Each semester, full-time faculty in their first, second, and third year at Montgomery College sign up for one workshop series in the Academy.  During the Spring 2019 semester, ELITE will offer eight different workshop series for faculty. For additional information, please see the Academy for Teaching Transformation - Fall 2019 Brochure.  (PDF, Download Acrobat Reader) 
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This fellowship is designed to assist faculty with creating renewable assignments1 (all of which will carry a Creative Commons license) to help them become agents of change in their own communities. Each fellowship team will begin to design three renewable assignments in Summer 2019. A minimum of two renewable assignments will be deployed in the classes of each fellowship team during Fall 2019.

For more information on how to apply, visit the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Fellowship website.

Professor Shinta Hernandez, chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, will be presenting as part of the Open Educational Consortium's Open Pedagogy Webinar Series.

Professor Hernandez will present on the Montgomery College United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Faculty Fellowship that she and Dr. Michael Mills, vice president of the Office of E-Learning, Innovation, and Teaching Excellence, offered for the first time in Summer 2018. The webinar is scheduled for Friday, March 8 from noon to 12:30 p.m.

During the fellowship, faculty created renewable assignments that required their students to become agents of change in the community. The renewable assignments created by faculty fellows required that students tackle a United Nations Sustainable Development Goal through their open pedagogy coursework. The fellowship required that faculty be grouped into interdisciplinary and intercampus teams so that student impact was maximized. The ultimate purpose of the fellowship was to achieve greater social justice in the community in which the work can be freely shared with the broader community.

There were 15 faculty fellows grouped into seven teams across 12 disciplines and three campuses. The open pedagogy assignments were deployed in 16 different courses and 25 sections across the College. Through thes Fall 2018 fellowship, 571 students were impacted by this groundbreaking and transformative work.

To see examples of the student assignments and to learn more about the fellowship, go to https://www.montgomerycollege.edu/offices/elite/unesco/.

Registration for this webinar and others in this free series is available at https://www.oeconsortium.org/2019/02/open-pedagogy-webinar-series/

Student Affairs and ELITE are partners in a new MC initiative called MC First. We are looking for staff, faculty and administrators who would like to be mentors for first generation college students. We are particularly interested in MC employees who self-identify as first in their families to seek higher education. However, all employees are welcome to participate.

The purpose of MC First is to introduce first-generation students at MC to others who have “been there” in terms of navigating college for the first time. Another purpose is to help students navigate the oftentimes overwhelming experience of going to college for the first time. Visit the MC First Mentoring Program website for more information.

The driving vision of the Employee Professional Development Master Plan is to foster participation and remove obstacles so as to provide a rich eco-system of life-long learning opportunities. These opportunities are intended to build skills, inspire and support employees and work teams to reach their fullest potential.

Employee engagement contributes to innovation and organizational effectiveness, which furthers the mission of student success. View the Employee Professional Development Master Plan 2018 – 2020 (PDF, Download Acrobat Reader)  for information.

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